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  1. Facebook's IPO is One of World's Largest

    May 18, 2012 7:39 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is about to find out just how much status updates, puppy photos and billions of "likes" are worth on Wall Street. GM Vs. Ford: Companies Ask If Advertising on Facebook Pays? Facebook's stock is set to begin ...

  2. Business Matters: Critics of Universal-EMI Merger Still Lining Up, But Outcome Still in Doubt

    May 17, 2012 6:30 PM EDT UMG's Acquisition of EMI Expected to Experience Bumpy Road to Approval Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of EMI's recorded music division continues to spark commentary and criticism. European regulators approved the acquis ...

  3. Business Matters: @NARM Royalties Are Getting Messier; Can the Problem Be Fixed?

    May 10, 2012 8:54 PM EDT @NARM Royalties Are Getting Messier; Can the Problem Be Fixed? -- Digital music has record labels and artists swimming -- some may say drowning -- in a sea of data. The NARM panel "Commerce vs. Royalties: Fitting a Square Peg in a Round Role& ...

  4. Bob Pittman, Clear Channel CEO, on the Digital 'Chaos,' AOL's Downfall at Milken Institute

    May 02, 2012 6:27 AM EDT At one time, AOL was the Internet's premiere "walled garden" of services and content. But the removal of that wall that began in 2006 "was probably the downfall of AOL," Bob Pittman said Tuesday. "Facebook is the seco ...

  5. Business Matters: Social Media Isn't All That - But You Still Want It

    April 26, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Social Media Is Ubiquitous, But Overhyped Social media is a tough nut to crack. Its benefit is hard to measure but it's become a focal point in sales and marketing efforts. Market research says it plays a minor role relative to traditional me ...

  6. Apple Posts $11.6 Billion Quarterly Profit on Sales of $39.2 Billion

    April 24, 2012 5:38 PM EDT Apple blew past expectations by reporting on Tuesday it earned $11.6 billion in its second fiscal quarter on revenue of $39.2 billion. On a per-share basis, Apple earned $12.30, up from $6.40 a year earlier and much better than the $10.02 that ana ...

  7. Spotify, Coca-Cola Team Up for App, Facebook Integration, More

    April 18, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Spotify and Coca-Cola are teaming up for a global partnership that will include a Spotify app, a Facebook integration and a 2013 marketing campaign, among other elements. "This is the beginning of something we both feel will be incredibly lon ...

  8. Online Radio Audience Jumps 30 Percent in Past Year: Study

    April 10, 2012 4:26 PM EDT A new study conducted by Arbitron Inc. and Edison Research entitled "The Infinite Dial 2012: Navigating Digital Platforms" found that the online weekly radio audience is now at an estimated 76 million Americans. The figure represents a m ...

  9. Ashton Kutcher To Play Steve Jobs In Biopic

    April 02, 2012 7:00 PM EDT He's already a titan of social media, so it only makes sense that Ashton Kutcher would play the late Apple founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biography. Kutcher's publicist confirmed Tuesday that the independent film "Jobs" will ...

  10. Sony BMG Files Motion To Dismiss Toto's Digital Music Lawsuit

    March 27, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Major record labels continue to fight recording artists on the issue of compensation for digital downloads. Most recently, The Temptations filed perhaps the biggest lawsuit on this front yet. Meanwhile, Sony BMG, which just agreed to pay $8 millio ...

  11. Business Matters: Spotify's Reported $4 Billion Valuation in Perspective

    March 26, 2012 5:08 PM EDT Spotify Looking For Billions In Funding Spotify is reported to be seeking funding of $3.5 billion, according to Business Insider , or $4 billion, according to the Financial Times . The company has over 10 million active users, well over 3 million ...

  12. Business Matters: Apple Finds Better Use of its Cash Than Buying Music Company

    March 20, 2012 4:09 PM EDT Apple To Introduce Dividend and Share Repurchase Program So much for the idea that Apple could buy a music company. The company announced Monday a dividend and share repurchase program to put to use its $98 billion stockpile of cash and securities ...

  13. U.K. Artists Score Biggest Share of North American Album Market This Century

    March 19, 2012 2:44 PM EDT British artists' share of the North American albums market climbed to a record high in 2011, with U.K. acts accounting for approximately 1 in every 8 albums sold, according to new figures released today by U.K. labels trade body the BPI. Acco ...

  14. SXSWi Panel Explores The Future of High Quality Audio, 4K Televisions

    March 13, 2012 10:46 AM EDT While some SXSW attendees were choosing between happy hour or Sean Parker's interview of Al Gore ("If you like platitudes, then it was great," the Los Angeles Times' Jon Healey said afterward), some fortunate people were gettin ...

  15. Business Matters: Finally Global? Turntable.fm Doing Deals with Labels (Report)

    March 08, 2012 6:31 PM EST Turntable.fm's Could Go Global With New Major Licensing Deals Turntable.fm has signed a licensing deal with EMI and is close to completing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, according to CNET. The status of discuss ...

  16. Apple's Garageband Adds Real-Time Jamming, iCloud Sync

    March 08, 2012 6:15 AM EST Maybe it's time to get the band back together. On top of all the other stuff Apple announced yesterday (March 7), including a new iPad and Apple TV, the company demonstrated a new version of its Garageband music app that can sync tracks up an ...

  17. Apple iPad 3 Expected To Launch Today

    March 07, 2012 6:28 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Apple is holding an event Wednesday in San Francisco, and has hinted that it will reveal a new iPad model. Rumors speak of an updated tablet with a speedier processor, a sharper screen and an option for faster wireless broadband ac ...

  18. Google Play Launches, Consolidates Music, Movies, Books In Central Marketplace

    March 06, 2012 6:46 PM EST Google is overhauling its cloud-based offerings by consolidating Google Music, the Google eBookstore and the Android Market into Google Play, a digital hub that will offer storage, a marketplace of music, movies, books and games, and its entire li ...

  19. How Beyond Oblivion's Music Startup Model Tanked Before Takeoff

    March 05, 2012 4:50 PM EST Beyond Oblivion was supposed to save the music industry. Instead, it lived up to its name, collapsing in dramatic fashion at the end of 2011 when investors lost their patience with a company that kept promising and never delivering. Years of caree ...

  20. Business Matters: 850,000 Androids Activated Every Day -- What Does That Mean to You?

    February 27, 2012 8:12 PM EST ,000 Android Devices are Activated Every Day -- What Does That Mean to You? -- More than 850,000 Android phones are now activated each day, according to a tweet on Monday by Google senior VP Andy Rubin, who heads the company's mobile divis ...

  21. Business Matters: When is it Safe to Say Google Music Has Failed?

    February 24, 2012 4:28 PM EST When is it Safe to Say Google Music Has Failed? -- Google's giant footprint was to give Google Music unparalleled access to music lovers. But according to a report by CNET's Greg Sandoval, Google Music has disappointed industry executive ...

  22. Apple's New Mountain Lion OS for Mac to Have iPhone Features

    February 17, 2012 8:57 AM EST The next operating system for Mac will make the computers more like the mobile devices which make up the lion's share of Apple's sales. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed plans to incorporate features from the iPhone and iPad into the forthcomi ...

  23. Glen Campbell, Diana Ross, George Jones, Allman Brothers, More Honored at Grammy Special Merit Awards

    February 12, 2012 5:30 PM EST Lifetime Achievement Award winners (from left) George Jones, Gregg Allman, Diana Ross and Glen Campbell at The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Special Merit Awards Ceremony at L.A.'s Wilshire Ebell Theatre. (Photo: WireImage) LOS ANGELES -- Glen ...

  24. Business Matters: Embracing the Chaos Earns TuneCore $10,000 from iTunes Match

    February 09, 2012 7:15 PM EST Embracing the Chaos Got TuneCore $10,000 from iTunes Match -- Embrace the chaos, get a check in the mail. TuneCore received $10,000 in royalties for the first 2 months of Apple's iTunes Match, CEO Jeff Price revealed in a blog post. iTunes Ma ...

  25. Bono, Elevation Partners Set to Win Big From Facebook Sale

    February 02, 2012 2:44 PM EST Months after Bono finished a 3-year tour that grossed a record $736 million, the U2 singer is set to capitalize on one of the biggest stock IPOs in U.S history. Facebook Files For IPO, Hopes to Raise $5 Billion Bono is managing director and co-fou ...

  26. Warner Music's Edgar Bronfman Jr.: Steve Jobs Got the Best of Us

    January 31, 2012 10:06 PM EST The iTunes Store is great. But in the negotiations between music executives and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the latter certainly came out on top, according to Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. "If you look at the market cap increase i ...

  27. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness On Spotify, Piracy & Tech: His Five Best @MIDEM Quotes

    January 29, 2012 9:11 AM EST Lightning Rod: U2 manager Paul McGuinness (right), pictured next to entertainment lawyer Pierre-Marie Bouvery, made his first speaking appearance at MIDEM since his famous rant against ISPs in 2008. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) The last time U2 manager P ...

  28. Macworld iWorld Pumps Up Volume for Music Fans, Artists and Companies

    January 27, 2012 8:04 PM EST Public Enemy founder and Bomb Squad producer Hank Shocklee evangelized for Apple's disruptive effects on the music industry, then performed on some Apple products of his own during a headlining gig at the 27th annual MacWorld | iWorld expo Fr ...

  29. Billboard Power 100: Eddy Cue and Robert Kondrk

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 11 Eddy Cue & Robert Kondrk Senior VP of Internet Software and Services; Senior Director Apple Twitter: @cue Leading A Digital Juggernaut... Apple's Eddy Cue (pictured) and Robert Kondrk are the people behind the world's biggest ...

  30. Billboard Power 100: Daniel Ek

    January 27, 2012 12:28 AM EST No. 29 Daniel Ek CEO Spotify Twitter: @eldsjal Disruptor... Daniel Ek has given hope to the subscription model. For much of the 2000s, the record industry faced a conundrum: People thought access would someday replace ownership, but access-based s ...

  31. Spirit Music Group Joins IMPEL, Pan-European Licensing Debate Remains Unresolved

    January 26, 2012 5:20 AM EST New York-based Spirit Music Group has become the first U.S.-based member of IMPEL, the initiative launched by U.K. collecting society PRS for Music to enable independent publishers with Anglo-American repertoires to navigate the complicated pan-Eu ...

  32. Business Matters: iTunes Global Revenue Was $6 Billion In 2011

    January 25, 2012 8:27 PM EST iTunes Global Revenue Was $6 Billion In 2011 -- Lost among some spectacular numbers in Apple's earnings release on Tuesday was a sign of impressive growth at iTunes. Global iTunes sales rose to $1.7 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 31. That ...

  33. Morning Heds: Is Megaupload Like YouTube?; Tim Cook's Bang-Up Job; Iggy Pop Reps Record Store Day

    January 25, 2012 6:45 AM EST Tim Cook on His First Four Months as Apple CEO: Just Look at the Results All Things D Asked about his first four months as Apple chief executive, Tim Cook stressed that what he feels most is lucky to be surrounded by his talented colleagues. San F ...

  34. Apple Reports Record Quarterly Earnings Boosted By iPhone, Mac Sales

    January 24, 2012 7:20 PM EST In Apple's first quarterly financial report since the death of its iconic co-founder Steve Jobs in October, the technology-media behemoth said Tuesday that earnings surged 118 percent in large part due to the popularity of its newest mobile d ...

  35. New Fiona Apple Album Coming In Weeks, Says Epic's L.A. Reid

    January 24, 2012 2:58 PM EST Fiona Apple sightings are few and far between, especially in the last six-plus years -- that's how long it's been since the singer last released an album before promptly retreating from public life. But according to Epic Records chairman ...

  36. CES Quick Hit: Motorola's MOTOACTV Monitors Your Best Workout Songs

    January 13, 2012 3:17 PM EST Time After Time: Motorola's MOTOACTV allows users to track which songs pump them up. If you always suspected that Nine Inch Nails' "March of the Pigs" made you run just that much faster during your workouts, now, there's a ...

  37. Jay-Z and Beyonce Join the History of Famous Parents and Children on Billboard Charts

    January 13, 2012 12:17 PM EST Throughout the rock era, several musical offspring have made their parents proud by following their footsteps onto Billboard charts. Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole, Miley Cyrus, Jakob Dylan, Norah Jones, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Kelly Osbourne, Lisa ...

  38. Grooveshark Launches iPhone App in Face of Major Label Lawsuits

    January 13, 2012 10:25 AM EST When a digital music startup distributes massive amounts of unlicensed music and fails to pay for the music it has licensed, most of us know what happens next: They go out of business. Not so with Grooveshark. The popular P2P streaming site, which ...

  39. Apps Reshaping Digital Media Consumption At 2012 CES

    January 13, 2012 8:50 AM EST App -titude test: The floor of the 2012 CES Convention Hall in Las Vegas Las Vegas -- The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is all about gadgets. But as this year's confab demonstrated, some of the most excitin ...

  40. Tiesto DJs First Ever Live Twitter Stream At 2012 CES

    January 12, 2012 8:05 AM EST CES saw the power of dance music firsthand Wednesday night, as Tiësto took the booth at Las Vegas nightclub XS to make social media history. The DJ/producer and Billboard cover star teamed-up with HP and Intel to stage the first-ever live concert ...

  41. Morning Heds: Spotify Says Bye to Free, Sony Goes iOS, Beatles Songs Sold

    January 12, 2012 6:11 AM EST Spotify no longer free for early US subscribers Music Week Early Spotify adopters in the US will see their no-strings, unlimited streaming experience cease next week when their promotional period comes to an end. Why Rhapsody Is (Probably) Bigger ...

  42. Velvet Underground Sue Andy Warhol Foundation Over Banana LP Cover

    January 11, 2012 7:33 PM EST The Velvet Underground has filed a lawsuit in New York federal court against The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts over new uses of an iconic cover from the band's 1967 album, The Velvet Underground & Nico. The Andy Warhol-create ...

  43. Morning Heds: Bon Iver's Label, David Foster Starts At Verve, Mog To Stream In Subarus

    January 10, 2012 7:05 AM EST Bon Iver Establishes New Record Label Music Feeds Justin Vernon, the man behind one of the most successful Indie projects, Bon Iver, has launched his own record label. The label, called Chigliak Records, is an offshoot of his current label Jagjaag ...

  44. CES 2012: Here's What The Music Biz Will Be Watching For

    January 09, 2012 9:00 AM EST The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, long the go-to event for the tech and mobile industries, is increasingly becoming a magnet for music-based services and media companies. With many of this year's announcements expected ...

  45. 2012's Consumer Electronics Show Biz Blog

    January 09, 2012 7:29 AM EST Jan 13, 2012 | Blog Post CES 2012: 8 Cool Things Andrew Hampp, Las Vegas The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV annou ...

  46. Consumer Electronics Show Curse? Gadget Show Has History of Products Falling Flat

    January 06, 2012 9:19 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. The International Consumer Electronics Show is quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat. When the annual conclave ...

  47. Morning Heds: Tom Freston's Billion $ Revenge, HMV Bidders, Western Union Goes Hip-Hop

    January 04, 2012 9:21 AM EST Tom Freston's $1 Billion Revenge: Ex-Viacom Chief Helps Vice Become the Next MTV Forbes After Sumner Redstone fired Tom Freston from MTV, he helped Vice buy out Viacom's stake for an undisclosed amount and joined Vice as an advisor, one ...

  48. The Year in Music Stocks: The Good, The Bad, The Overall Decline

    January 01, 2012 4:18 PM EST Music stocks were much like the broader markets in 2011: a mix of good and bad with an overall decline. Billboard's list of ten music-related stocks fell by an average of 4 percent in 2011. The Dow rose 3.2 percent, the S&P 500 dropped 1. ...

  49. Business Matters: SOPA Delayed, Not Dead, After House Judiciary Committee Session Ends

    December 16, 2011 4:37 PM EST SOPA: Not Dead Yet -- A House Judiciary Committee ended two days of markup on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) on Friday with plans to reconvene on Wednesday. Most of the amendments introduced to the committee were voted down, but the bill's ...

  50. It's Official: iTunes Launches In Latin America

    December 13, 2011 5:30 PM EST After much expectation, Apple launched its iTunes store in Brazil and 15 other Latin American Countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, P ...

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